Thursday, January 29, 2015

On the Go!

We are so excited to share activities from the 'three years old' class as we call it. It is a month of vehicles, from boats to cars and trains.

In this class there is less parent interaction. The child is encouraged to be independent, follow instructions, listen and explore.

1. Book: The Big Race

supplied by Kindermusik

2. Traffic Rules: Stoplight and the Stop & Go sign

we did the online materials with a little modification

3. Singing & Movement: Walk, Run, Stop and Go

Going around with our home made train

4. Pretend Play: a train, on a boat, a plane

Playing around

5. Craftsmake your own train. 

Materials used:can, boxes, yogurt cup, dowel , 
water bottle caps (big and small), camera film cover, Yakult bottle

Paint: Tempera non toxic paint, washable, though you have to put top coat so it will not peel off

Sanding of the smooth surface needed for the paint to adhere

Wheels are working! Attach paperclip to box and insert the dowel.

 Use a glue gun to stick bottle caps to dowel

Test Run

6. Virtues: Helping

Both books in the story teaches about helping, here is my daughter eager to do her part 

7. Go Along Book


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Faith the Pope Brings

There has been several writings, talk and reaction on how our country behaved at the arrival of the Pope.

Let's focus on the message he brings and learn:

1. Getting to know Pope Francis
    -download the pdf mini book from The Learning Basket
    -or get information from Wikipedia
getting to see the Pope's photo, cover of the Bible Diary and on TV

2. Strengthening our faith by reading Bible. 
St Mary's Press is the most interesting and complete Catholic bible for children I have seen so far.

complete Bible with selected highlight stories with activities

3. Praying
Teaching the habit of talking to God before we sleep.
Thanking for our meals.

a guilty smile when we forget to pray and start praying after a few bites

4. Values
Let us reflect on the Pope's messages. (for those who missed it, here is the link via Rappler)

My mom at UST with screenshots of the Pope
 and getting hold of a photo with the crowd

It doesn't have to take the Pope to be a clean organized city, we can do it for ourselves. Maybe the Pope's visit is a boost for us to keep trying and be the change our nation needs.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Book: My Blue Boat

We were excited to have this book. Why? Because it has been out of print, republished with a 20th Anniversary edition.
We are lucky to be one of the first 100 to have this and got an art cover with it.

Sailed 2 months to get here in the Philippines, now it is sailing in our evening readings.

Activities for it:

1. Art: Watercolor, style and technique

2. Play: Captain and the Pirate Sailing

3. Language, Drawing and Words: Water Vehicle Types

4. Vocabulary building: chanel, swell, harbor, fleet, beacon, lighthouse

5. Science: Animals - Whale and Dolphins

6. Go Along Books

Happy sailing to 2015!